Exploring Niagara Falls USA This Winter

Winter is prime time for exploring Niagara Falls USA, with plenty of outdoor adventure and no crowds. From taking in the magical icy vistas of the Falls to winter wonderland activities, and cozy spots to warm up — it’s the perfect snowy escape.

At Niagara Falls State Park, witness the splendor of the frosted Falls from all angles. For a unique vantage point, take the elevator down to the base of the Gorge at Cave of the Winds. Or visit the Observation Tower (weather permitting) across the Park and soak in dramatic panoramic views of the American, Bridal Veil and Horseshoe Falls. If there’s snow on the ground, borrow a pair of snowshoes from the Cave of the Winds Pavilion and continue your wintry exploration of the Park. And don’t miss the colorful illumination of the Falls every evening at dusk.

Explore the Aquarium of Niagara and experience over 120 aquatic animal species. Visit the Penguin Coast Exhibit and see the playful Humboldt penguins, then encounter sharks, stingrays and other marine invertebrates at the new interactive touch pool.

Wander the peaceful grounds at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine for the annual Festival of Lights (November 21, 2020 – January 3, 2021). The event features some 75 twinkling displays, with the highlight being the shrine itself, decorated with a life-sized nativity scene and lush Christmas foliage.

The Lewiston Christmas Walk (December 4 – 6, 2020) dazzles visitors in the cozy Village of Lewiston, just north of the Falls. Browse locally-owned shops and boutiques, or dine at one of the notable restaurants along the twinkling, tree-lined street.


For the outdoor enthusiasts, get hooked on the year-round angling opportunities, including the excellent winter trout fishery: steelhead, brown and lake trout. Take the guesswork out of fishing and sign up for a guided on-the-water adventure with an experienced charter captain.

Warm up with a sponge candy latte, or go old-school with a classic hot chocolate at Platter’s Chocolate Factory. For even more chills, try one of their specialty sundaes, or create-your-own. Be sure to look through the glass windows to witness the chocolate-making process.

Request a complimentary Niagara Falls USA Travel Guide or plan your Niagara Falls USA adventure at niagarafallsusa.com.

Article submitted by Krystina Iacovelli, Communcations Manager

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